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Like all of Long Beach Island, Barnegat Light is proud of its history as a year round community and as a fishing village with active docks, a wonderful lighthouse you can climb and a proud small town with great beaches, a beautiful bay and marina area and a charming town center with 5 & 10 and clothing store (The Islander), restaurants, diner, liquor store, deli and several bait and tackle shops.It is at the very end of an 18-mile barrier island that is connected to the mainland town of Manahawkin by a causeway.
There are several B&Bs and hotels: Ella's Motel, the White Whale Revisited, the North Shore Inn and the Sandcastle. You come here for the beaches, water and bay, not for deluxe accomodations. Most people rent a home or condo through any of the many realtors on LBI.
There is no "nightlife" here. In the summer, two or three restaurants are open for dinner. Bring cash since this is a "no credit card" kind of small town. There is Kubel's, a bar/restaurant that dates back to the 20's. It is open year round and many of the local year-rounders are found here. During the summer season you can have a dinner at small fish and steak places like Kelly's or the 18th Street Cafe, but they tend to close down after September and reopen in late May. There is a genuine fabulous diner, Mustache Bill's, that dates back to the 50's and is open most of the year from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m for wonderful local seafodd specialites (scallops and flounder) and great burgers, salads, pancakes and such. For take out, The Inlet Deli is open year round for coffee, sandwiches, hoagies and small grocery items.
There are also two places for Ice Cream fanatics that are open during the summer. One is a new place opened by the Mayor's family, call Poppy's. It serves pastries and coffee for breakfast and ice cream later in the day. The other is the Dairy Queen, next to Kelly's restaurant.
The favorite pastimes here are going to the wide, wide beaches, fishing from the jetties near the lighthouse and along the northern end of the inlet, boating, jetskiing or going out on day long fishing trips in Barnegat Bay or the Atlantic, crabbing at the bayside docks or canoeing or kayaking in the Barnegat Bay. BL has a bayside beach that is just right for children and has a lifeguard. The ocean beaches have lifeguards from mid-June through late August. Several of the beaches have handicapped accessible entrances and the town hall can arrange for a beach ready wheel chair for those who need it.
There is also very good shopping here. At Wildflowers By The Lighthouse you can shop for stylish crafted clothing, hats, jewelry, scarves, bags as well as paintings,sculpture, home decor and photographs and hand-drawn maps and art from local artists. More beautiful art, small gifts and antique jewelry is available at North Shore Trilogy. There are more home decor and small gifts and jewelry at The Sampler and Americana By the Sea. The Islander Store has great children's casual clothes, toys puzzles and arts and crafts supplies. They also carry anything and everything you need for the beach from adult casual wear and bathing suits to boogy boards, frisbees, beach umbrellas or flip flops. Andy's has bait and tackle equipment, seashells, hermit crabs and souvenirs. Over at Viking Village there is a great fresh fish market, Cassidy's and a fresh fruit and vegetable stand, Frank's. There are several small gift, clothing and home decor stores there as well as a shop for sailing and boating gear.